Graphic Details - Confessional Comics by Jewish Women

September 25, 2011 – April 29, 2012

From I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors, by Bernice Eisenstein, McClellan & Stewart Ltd., 2006.

The genre-bending influence of Jewish women in comics will get a rare spotlight as the acclaimed Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women exhibition arrives at Yeshiva University Museum (YU Museum) on September 25, 2011.

Featuring original work by 18 of the most influential creators, Graphic Details showcases work of all-stars from the pioneering Wimmen’s Comix and Twisted Sisters artists of the 1970s and 1980s to the superstars of the new generation.  Many of the cartoons in Graphic Details have never been displayed in public until now.  The artists, who hail from the U.S., Canada, Israel and the UK include: Vanessa Davis; Bernice Eisenstein; Sarah Glidden; Miriam Katin; Aline Kominsky-Crumb; Miss Lasko-Gross; Sarah Lazarovic; Miriam Libicki; Sarah Lightman; Diane Noomin; Corinne Pearlman; Trina Robbins; Racheli Rotner; Sharon Rudahl; Laurie Sandell; Ariel Schrag; Lauren Weinstein; and Ilana Zeffren.

This well-reviewed and often-startling exhibition makes its New York City debut after successful runs in San Francisco and Toronto, and provides the first in-depth look at a vibrant and prolific niche of graphic storytelling – Jewish women’s autobiographical comics. While the influential role of Jews in cartooning has long been acknowledged, the role of Jewish women in shaping the medium is still largely unexplored. This exhibition of original drawings, full comic books and graphic novels presents the powerful work of artists whose intimate and complex work has influenced the world of comics over the last four decades.

Sophisticated yet raw, nakedly diaristic storytelling is what makes these comics so compelling. By turns funny, outrageous, poignant and embarrassingly intimate, the works reflect each artist’s individual journeys refracted through a distinctively Jewish lens in a pop-culture art form. Some bare their bodies. Some expose their psyches. All are fearless about experiences, emotions, desires, romance and politics.

“YU Museum is proud to host the powerful work of these artists who have not, until recently, been recognized for their important role in the world of graphic storytelling and new modern forms of Jewish autobiography,” said Dr. Jacob Wisse, YU Museum director.

Graphic Detailsis co-curated by Michael Kaminer, a New York journalist and collector whose December 2008 story on confessional comics in The Jewish Daily Forward provided the impetus for the show. His collaborator, Sarah Lightman, is an award-winning artist, curator and arts journalist based in London who is researching her Ph.D. on Autobiography in Comics. In his article, Kaminer noted that, “While women have been writing frank confessional cartoons since the early 1970s, the context has changed. Brutal sexism defined underground comics back then, with females depicted as fawning objects for a largely male readership… Today’s autobiographical comics come as less of a cultural jolt…These young artists are just as ruthlessly honest, presenting their bodies as nakedly as their emotions.”

Zachary Paul Levine adapted the exhibition for its presentation at Yeshiva University Museum, and created the “Artists in Their Own Voices” interactive component.  You can see them on the Museum’s YouTube Page

Media sponsorship for Graphic Details is being generously provided by the Jewish Daily Forward. Check out the Forward’s Graphic Details page: http://www.forward.com/graphic-details/

PUBLIC PROGRAMS

Curator’s Tour:  Graphic Details – Confessional Comics by Jewish Women, Sunday, September 25, 2011: 2 p.m. Join co-curators Michael Kaminer and Sarah Lightman on a tour of the exhibition. Free with Museum admission.

Close and Personal:  Jewish Women Artists and Their Graphic Diaries, Monday, October 24, 2011: 6–8 p.m. (viewing at 6 p.m.; program begins at 6:30 p.m.), Panel discussion with artists Ariel Schrag, Miriam Katin, Miss Lasko-Gross and Lauren Weinstein.  Moderated by Robin Cembalest, executive editor of ARTnews and a contributing editor of Tablet. Free. Reservations required. For reservations, go to www.smarttix.com or call 212.868.4444.

JEWISH ART SALON, Wednesday, February 22, 2012: 6–8 p.m. Join the Jewish Art Salon for a tour and discussion of Graphic Details.

JEWISH WOMEN AND COMICS SYMPOSIUM, Sunday, February 26, 2012. A day-long, international academic symposium on Jewish Women and Comics will be chaired by Sarah Lightman (University of Glasgow), Tahneer Oksman (CUNY) and Dr. Amy Feinstein (Independent Scholar) and includes speakers: Miriam Katin (Graphic Details artist); Joanne Leonard (photographer); Professor Laurence Roth (Susquehanna University); and Dr. David Brauner (University of Reading). For more information, visit http://forward.com/graphic-details/symposium/ or email graphicdetailssymposium@gmail.com.


SAMPLE IMAGES

From The Chosen, by Ariel Schrag, 2008

From I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors, by Bernice Eisenstein, McClellan & Stewart Ltd., 2006.

From Escape from “Special, by Miss Lasko-Gross, Fantagraphic Books, 2006

Draft for How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less, by Sarah Glidden, Vertigo, 2010



Graphic Details - Confessional Comics by Jewish Women

September 25, 2011 – April 29, 2012

From I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors, by Bernice Eisenstein, McClellan & Stewart Ltd., 2006.

The genre-bending influence of Jewish women in comics will get a rare spotlight as the acclaimed Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women exhibition arrives at Yeshiva University Museum (YU Museum) on September 25, 2011.

Featuring original work by 18 of the most influential creators, Graphic Details showcases work of all-stars from the pioneering Wimmen’s Comix and Twisted Sisters artists of the 1970s and 1980s to the superstars of the new generation.  Many of the cartoons in Graphic Details have never been displayed in public until now.  The artists, who hail from the U.S., Canada, Israel and the UK include: Vanessa Davis; Bernice Eisenstein; Sarah Glidden; Miriam Katin; Aline Kominsky-Crumb; Miss Lasko-Gross; Sarah Lazarovic; Miriam Libicki; Sarah Lightman; Diane Noomin; Corinne Pearlman; Trina Robbins; Racheli Rotner; Sharon Rudahl; Laurie Sandell; Ariel Schrag; Lauren Weinstein; and Ilana Zeffren.

This well-reviewed and often-startling exhibition makes its New York City debut after successful runs in San Francisco and Toronto, and provides the first in-depth look at a vibrant and prolific niche of graphic storytelling – Jewish women’s autobiographical comics. While the influential role of Jews in cartooning has long been acknowledged, the role of Jewish women in shaping the medium is still largely unexplored. This exhibition of original drawings, full comic books and graphic novels presents the powerful work of artists whose intimate and complex work has influenced the world of comics over the last four decades.

Sophisticated yet raw, nakedly diaristic storytelling is what makes these comics so compelling. By turns funny, outrageous, poignant and embarrassingly intimate, the works reflect each artist’s individual journeys refracted through a distinctively Jewish lens in a pop-culture art form. Some bare their bodies. Some expose their psyches. All are fearless about experiences, emotions, desires, romance and politics.

“YU Museum is proud to host the powerful work of these artists who have not, until recently, been recognized for their important role in the world of graphic storytelling and new modern forms of Jewish autobiography,” said Dr. Jacob Wisse, YU Museum director.

Graphic Detailsis co-curated by Michael Kaminer, a New York journalist and collector whose December 2008 story on confessional comics in The Jewish Daily Forward provided the impetus for the show. His collaborator, Sarah Lightman, is an award-winning artist, curator and arts journalist based in London who is researching her Ph.D. on Autobiography in Comics. In his article, Kaminer noted that, “While women have been writing frank confessional cartoons since the early 1970s, the context has changed. Brutal sexism defined underground comics back then, with females depicted as fawning objects for a largely male readership… Today’s autobiographical comics come as less of a cultural jolt…These young artists are just as ruthlessly honest, presenting their bodies as nakedly as their emotions.”

Zachary Paul Levine adapted the exhibition for its presentation at Yeshiva University Museum, and created the “Artists in Their Own Voices” interactive component.  You can see them on the Museum’s YouTube Page

Media sponsorship for Graphic Details is being generously provided by the Jewish Daily Forward. Check out the Forward’s Graphic Details page: http://www.forward.com/graphic-details/

PUBLIC PROGRAMS

Curator’s Tour:  Graphic Details – Confessional Comics by Jewish Women, Sunday, September 25, 2011: 2 p.m. Join co-curators Michael Kaminer and Sarah Lightman on a tour of the exhibition. Free with Museum admission.

Close and Personal:  Jewish Women Artists and Their Graphic Diaries, Monday, October 24, 2011: 6–8 p.m. (viewing at 6 p.m.; program begins at 6:30 p.m.), Panel discussion with artists Ariel Schrag, Miriam Katin, Miss Lasko-Gross and Lauren Weinstein.  Moderated by Robin Cembalest, executive editor of ARTnews and a contributing editor of Tablet. Free. Reservations required. For reservations, go to www.smarttix.com or call 212.868.4444.

JEWISH ART SALON, Wednesday, February 22, 2012: 6–8 p.m. Join the Jewish Art Salon for a tour and discussion of Graphic Details.

JEWISH WOMEN AND COMICS SYMPOSIUM, Sunday, February 26, 2012. A day-long, international academic symposium on Jewish Women and Comics will be chaired by Sarah Lightman (University of Glasgow), Tahneer Oksman (CUNY) and Dr. Amy Feinstein (Independent Scholar) and includes speakers: Miriam Katin (Graphic Details artist); Joanne Leonard (photographer); Professor Laurence Roth (Susquehanna University); and Dr. David Brauner (University of Reading). For more information, visit http://forward.com/graphic-details/symposium/ or email graphicdetailssymposium@gmail.com.


SAMPLE IMAGES

From The Chosen, by Ariel Schrag, 2008

From I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors, by Bernice Eisenstein, McClellan & Stewart Ltd., 2006.

From Escape from “Special, by Miss Lasko-Gross, Fantagraphic Books, 2006

Draft for How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less, by Sarah Glidden, Vertigo, 2010



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